Lara Garcia-Corral is a Spanish Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, conducting research on metabolic rates and drivers of the plankton communities in the Western Coast of Australia. She is completing her Ph.D in the Spanish National Research Council, on the metabolic balance of plankton communities at a global scale and metabolic responses of oceanic plankton to global change drivers, such as temperature increase and ultraviolet radiation. She has authored 3 publications and conducted research in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans as well the Mediterranean Sea. Lara received her B.S in Environmental Sciences from the University Autónoma of Madrid, then completed a Master degree on the management of Natural Protected Areas and a second Master degree on the Global Change. She loves being at the sea, diving, working, snorkeling or fishing.